'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

- Oplan TokHang takes the posh villages of Forbes Park and Magallanes as police operations were conducted in Makati City on Monday, September 5

- In the reinvigorated Oplan TokHang, the police officers team up with the barangay leaders to distribute flyers from house to house

- The flyers were meant to inform people of the ongoing drug campaign and the procedures for emergency cases

A 're-invigorated' Oplan TokHang was launched in the posh and gated Magallanes and Forbes Park villages in Makati City, which the homeowners' associations called the "Kapit Bisig Kontra Droga" on Monday, September 5.

According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Southern Police District (SPD) director Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario, the activity is the launch of the re-invigorated Oplan TokHang, wherein they will be going around and giving flyers.

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

Reinvigorated Oplan TokHang was launched in the gated Forbes Park and Magallanes villages on Monday, September 5. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

20 police officers and 4 agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), was joined by Magallanes Barangay Captain Armand Padilla, Magallanes Village Association president Luigi Gana, Forbes Park Barangay Captain Evangeline Manotok, and Forbes Park Association president Jun Medina. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

"Itong activity namin dito actually is the reinvigorated TokHang – we go to the residence and we give them flyers. We inform them of the PNP's anti-illegal drugs campaign so nandito 'yung mga procedures to follow," he said.

(Our activity here  is the reinvigorated TokHang – we go to the residence and we give them flyers. We inform them of the PNP's anti-illegal drugs campaign so the procedures to follow are here.)

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A team of 20 police officers and 4 agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), was joined by Magallanes Barangay Captain Armand Padilla, Magallanes Village Association president Luigi Gana, Forbes Park Barangay Captain Evangeline Manotok, and Forbes Park Association president Jun Medina as they go around the villages and handed out flyers containing the effects of illegal drugs and the contact numbers of authorities in case of emergencies.

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

In the reinvigorated Oplan TokHang, female officers ride around the village and hand out flyers about drugs. (Photo credit: Rappler.com)

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

By 12 noon, the PNP has already visited 50 homes in Magallanes and 4 houses in Forbes Park. (Photo credit: Rappler.com)

The operation started with a meeting with the barangay officials and the homeowners' association, who gave them the permission to enter the villages.

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

The PNP met with the barangay officials before the operation started. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

"It means that through the homeowners, meron kaming access sa area na ito," said Apolinario.

(It means that through the homeowners, we have access to these areas.)

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'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

Makati police officers conduct Oplan TokHang inside the exclusive Forbes Park in Makati City on September 5, 2016. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

The police also denied having special treatment for the residents of the posh villages, saying, "Wala namang [special] treatment. Kung titignan mo ang ganda kasi we don't have really to patrol these areas regularly kasi naka-concentrate kami sa iba kasi they have their own security…. For every corner, merong mga security guard so 'di mo masasabing special treatment 'yan."

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

SPD chief Tomas Apolinario says ops in Magallanes today more of info dissemination on anti-illegal drugs campaign. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

Ambassador of India to the Philippines Lalduhthlana Ralte asks 2 representatives to meet him inside. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

PNP goes to homes of Oman ambassador, only talked to employees. (PHoto credit @maracepeda Twitter)

(No special treatment. What's good here is that we don't have to regularly patrol these areas and we can concentrate on others because they have their own security... For every corner, there's a security guard, so you can't say that's special treatment.)

'Reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang enters the gated Makati villages

Drug campaign flyers distributed in Makati villages. (Photo credit: @maracepeda Twitter)

Oplan TokHang is the drug campaign launched by the Duterte administration where the police go from house-to-house and tell suspected drug users and pushers to change their ways. The word "TokHang" came from the contraction of Visayan words "toktok" (knock) and "hangyo" (request).

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Police chiefs and station commanders are expected from mayors and homeowners' associations as Oplan TokHang moves on to condominiums, gated subdivisions, and business process outsourcing offices.

As of September 4, there have been 679,122 Oplan TokHang operations nationwide and a total of 685,740 people who surrendered.

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